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    September 25, 2010
    5:30 - 5:59am EDT  

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welcome to "news4 this week." >> hello, everyone. oomjim handly. we're bringing you some of the more interesting local stories making news this week. among them, what's that noise? hear what people are saying about metro's latest attempt to keep people from loitering around one o its busiest stations. cutting your energy bills takes more than just cutting off of the lights. see if youknow the best ways to save money on your utilities if our latest quiz. and -- >> you can't get enough of it. >> finger-licking good. people are waiting forhours just to get a taste of what one food truck is serving up in d.c. we'll show you what's got so many people so oked. but first, christmas' come early for people on one side of a heated debate over religious freedom. began last year when holiday displays outside of the loudon county courthouse were suddenly banned. now, county supervisors have decided whether to bring those
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displays back. jane watrel has our story. >> ms. waters. ms. rke. >> reporter: a cause resolution by a heated debate. 8-1 vote loudon supervisors will continue policies. many local leaders are elated. >> this is a very important victory for free speech, for religious freedom, for people of strong faith about christmas and about their religious beliefs. >> reporter: the controversy started in november, when a citizens committee banned unattended displays due to overwhelming requests for the courthouse grounds. the lone dissenting vote on the board wanted that ban upheld. >> i think those are the appropriate type monuments on the courthouse. those people gave their lives to protect the rights that are enforced in that buildi. beyond that we don't need a cross, the flying spaghetti monster and i'm not making that one up either. we don't need any of that
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foolishness. >> reporter: around the courthouse today the reaction was mixed. >> a very difficult issues because it evokes so much of the passions, both sides. and we have a lot of that day. >> i think that's a good thing to leave it as it is. i've always enjoyed it over the years and i think that many people have and i think it's a good thing to leave it as it is. >> reporter: for ten months emotions ran high over the courthouse display ban. some calling it the war against christmas. the county chairman hopes this vote will p that uproar to rest. >> well, you can't ever say never, that this motion won't come up but for now for ts bord it's done. >> reporter: already six groups have sign upped for th religious and secular displays at the courthouse, including an atheist organization and a group promoting the movie "star wars." in leesburg, jane watrel, news4. now once the displays are in installed they'll be allowed to stay up for three weeks. well, consider this, the next time you're witing for a metro train. what would you do if you saw someone who was having a medical
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emergcy fall onto the tracks in would you jump in and lp? one virginia man did just that. even with a train coming at him. and he told news4's john triven what ppened next. >> i'm sitting there going, we've got a problem. >> reporter: he considers himself an ordinary guy, but on wednesday afternoon, he did an extraordinary thing. on his lunch break around 12on 15 he decided to head downtown d.cand pick up amtrak tickets are for his family's vacation to new york. he waited on the platform for the next one, that's when he says, the unthinkable happened. >> i heard the guy -- theuy on the frpgt side of the platform screaming "get off the tracks, get off the tracks." >> reporter: a passenger suffered a medical emergencies and fell on the tracks. as you heard the rumbles of an oncoming train he knew something had to be done, luckily there was another passenger on this opposite side of the platform waving down the oncoming train to stop. he noticed the oncoming train
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was slowing down, that's he says,he made his move. >> you just don't think, you just do and i jumped onto the tracks and i jumped over the third rail. i knew there are two-thirds rails and as he was standing there, he was leaning back, you know, thought is -- this guys going to hit the third rail. >> reporter: so grabbed him, put his arms up on the platform and passengers helped pull the man out to safety. during the fraptic struggle he banged his knuckles the platform. looking at his bruises, his family sayse's one of a kind. >> i would had been too scared do it so pretty impressive. >> reporter: bute says he's no hero. >> you know the guy needed help. you just go out and do it, you know? and you know, look, people in this world need help so you got to do what you have do. >> reporterjohn trifen, news4. outside of one of metro's busiest station says might encnter something unpleasant. it's a sound device that aims to keep the peace. much debate over whether the so-called mosquito will he
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prevent loitering and whether it's fair to use, but it's safe to say that the device is annoying. ollins tested it out himself. >> reporte galle place, it's sort of our little time square. a popular hang-out for young people. maybe sometimes too popular. >> they need to be home, reading a book, doing something constructive. >> hey, you? hey you? come over here. got some teenagers hanging outside your place making noise, doing all those teenage things. want to move them away without a hassle orconfrontation? >> how are you doing? >> reporter: maybe it's time for the mosquito. yes, it's the mosquito. a little tiny box that broadcast a high-frequency sound. they say it keeps students
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moving, causes teens to flee. depending on who want to drive away you can bury the levels of the mosquito. higher the age, the higr the sound. see what happens at our newsroom. now back to the mosquito and china down. they've got one installed right here in the llery place metro. the management company says this one is set so everybody can hear it. do you hear anything? >> yeah. >> reporter: that' what sound like? >> a beeping noise. >> reporter: does it make you want to get out of this place? >> yeah. is aggravating. aggravating. it's sort of piercing. it's really annoying. obnoxious. >> reporter: does it make you want to leave? >> it's -- yeah, it doesn't make me want to hang around here. >> reporter: but will the mosquito work? >> the young people are making so much noise, even though it's actually set in place to deter
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the young people, but the amount of noise that they're making overwhelms the sound. >> i hope it wos because there are too many teenager it's. >> too many teenagers here on a regular basis. >> reporter: overrun with teenagers. >> overrun with teenagers. >> you can barely make it to the escalator someme. the kids are everywhere. >> now pat says, he suggests blasting wayne newton at the chinatown metro to deter teens from gathering there. well, there is much more a head on "news4 this week." do you know the best ways to save on your power bills? find out by takg liz crenshaw's energy quiz. and lindsay czarniak takes former wizards' star, ron butler, to one of her favorite lunch spots. her mom'souse.
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parking. the city council's approved the 75 cent rate increase. it means drivers will pay $1.75 per hour to park well, we know saving energy is good for the environment, but it's of course also good for your wallet. and you may not realize that some things aound your home are eating up more energy and money than you realize. liz crenshaw has a quiz from savingadvice.com that may help cut down your power bill. ♪ >> reporter: if the televion is on an average of seven hours a day, how much does it cost to run that tv eve month? anyidea, $12.50, how much a month. >> $17.50. >> reporter: the awer is $17.50 a month. here's the next question, what is the family's largest hot water exnse? is it doing laundry? doing dishes?
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bathing? or watering the garden? what's your largest hot water expense? >> bathing. >> reporter: for most households bathing is the single largest use for hot water. now your next question. you have a refrigerator at home, i prume. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: how about this, each additional refrigerator or freezer that you own adds how much to your energy bill every year? $48 to $ 4, $ 4 to $180, $180 to $240 or $240 to $350? how much more moey does an additional freezer or fridge add to your ouse. >> i think $48 to $84. >> right. >> reporter: actually it's $ 4 to $184 every year. i second freezer or fridge in your garage it pays to plug it in it's empty. now to the next question. cooking is usually a small part of the home energy's bill and medium part of your energy bill. or largest part of your heating
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bill? cooking. >> i say medium. >> reporter: cooking is usually one the smaller xpenses. nowonto the cost of doing laundry. approximately how much does it cost to dry a load of laundry with an electric dryer? 20 to 30 cents? 30 to 50 cents, 50 or 75 or 75 to a dollar. >> 75 to a dollar? >> reporter: hope only 20 to 30 cents to dry a load of laundry in an electric der. and cheap fer you use a gas drier. >> no way. >> reporter: yeah, way. how much does that same load cost using hot, hot cycle, 15 cents, 27 cents, 39 cents or 52 cents? >> 15 cents. >> reporter: not even close. it's 52 cents. one load of laundry on the hot, hot cycle. >> it's good to kn. >> reporter: yeah what do you use? >> warm. >> reporter: warm. >> one color. >> reporter: okay, got you.
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>> now we know. coming up the low-down on the d.c. lunch truck that has hundred of folks lining up. and lindsay czarniak finds out why caron butler still considers d.c. his home over
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ur yea ago, b ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholefor git cable cable compies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporafunded bailout.ank that took billions from taxpayer ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle cde do.
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in d.c., there's a new lunchtime tre that's aimed at lobster lovers. you don't need a lot of cash or even reservations. but as aaron gilchrist found you need internet access. >> 77. >> reporter: move over maryland crab, the streets of washington are being overrun with lobster love. >> yum. >> reporter: hundreds of people are lining up for a taste of maine on wheels. >> it's like an adventure you never know where they'll be. >> reporter: the lobster truck first rolled into the district this past summer, stomachs haven't stopped grling since. >> the description of the succult lobster and the shrimp
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rolls' so enticing. >> it's kind of a novelty to be able to get lobster downto for lunch. >> it's like lobster crack. >> you can't get enough of it. >> reporter: like so many others here, skip west track, the truck's whereabouts on twitter and facebook, being hailed as a slice of heaven can be as long as two hours. >> growling, i'm about to pass ou need some water but i just keep thinking i'm almost there. i'm ready for it. >> we've got connecticut rolls, shrimp rolls. >> is one of the brains behind this traving truck. her husband's family started it in new york about two years ago. its successad her asking why should shingtonians miss out? >> finger-looking good. >> huge chochs lobster meathat we very delicately mix with our homemade mayo. our connecticut roll. >> repter: all of th buttery goodness doesn't come for free, hough. lobster rolls run $15 a piece,
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shrimp rolls 8 bucks. but while you're contemplating whether the price is worth it, you'll get schooled on what you're craving. >> what are we doing in line teaching you about lobster. some music at the front truck and i'm just giving out hugs to people which they seem to love. just trying to spread some positive energy here in the d.c. area. >> reporter: and all of that work seems to be payingach my have no idea why it's like a flash mob of people. i guess because there rely is no other option for lobster like this in d.c. that i know of. i mean, it's sort of alluring, like it's a food cart. it's a food truck, it's a cool thing. >> need one connecticuton the fly, correct. >> i do. >> reporter: erin gilchrist, news. >> you are it looks good, red hook lobster goes to various districts. well as delicious as the loter roll might be, we can allagree there is nothing like a homecooked meal.
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that was lindsay czarniak's thinking when she decided to catch up with former wizards' star, caron butler, over lunch. she took him to her mother's house to eat and to find out why he still considers washington his home even after being traded to allas. >> hello! >> hi. >> how are you? >> good. >> good. great to see you. >> thank you. >> that's caron. >> and your brother. >> nice to mt you. >> so what are you making today? >> we're having fresh tomato basil soup. i hope that you like that. >> uh-huh. >> and we're having chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches in teriyaki sauce. >> uh-huh. >> and then i made some keylime pie for dessert. >> you like that? > i'm in. >> training in dallas in february and for you i would imagine it was a good situation, obviously. you go to a playoff ntender. it was kind of a fresh page for
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you, did you fol like, in your career? and what was it like when you actually got there? >> it was fun. getting the warm welcome and you know, going over with guys that i've played with. >> right. brendan and desn. >> desean. and you know at the same time you know i understand that, that was business. >> yeah. >> but just leaving the city that i was so you know accustomed to. >> and because you had moved so much in your career, this had been the place that you had been for five years. >> yes. this is what i call home. >> yeah. >> and this is the place that i consider truly home. >> the nba put a ban on your -- >> yeah that was - ah, that was. >>hat happened. because the last time that we had lunch together you demonstrated. this is a big part of who you were on the court. >> that hurtme right there. going to dallas, first -- when we did the trade, the first 9 out of 11 games was on television. and the crowd, the fan, i mention, everybody was just chewing straws.
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and i think it broht so much attention because the straw thing that you know, the commissioner wasn't having it. i don't want kids out here chewing straws, they choke on the court and something and i was just like i totally understand. he said you can chute straw just while you're not playing. i said that's cool. >> when you look back at the situation from last season and it started off, yo know, you antawn jamison, gilbert arenas, and then everything falls out. and you and anwn end up leaving. how -- when you look back on that, how shocking is that that that happened to you, and was that something that just kind of left your min when she moved on, or do you think about it and think about what could had been? >> it was just shocking, you know? but you know, me and -- being a man before anything, like i was just more concerned about, you know, reachng outo gilbert, doing his trying time because you know that's -- you know that's the brother.
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we saw that he was going through a lot. so you know, this -- just loing at what he was going through you know being traded and going to another team and still getting the opportunity to, you know, live your dream and y know do something that you love doing, that was like -- that made that whole thing that much easier. >> guess who came to dinner? >> thank you for coming. a big treat for me. >> thank you. >> i hope y enjoyed your lunch. >> i did. >> come back anytime even if lunch is not ere. >> you hear that right? >> thank you, buddy. >> the sandwich looked good. i want to see that key lime pie. next a breathtaking nature exhibit that also serves as a big wake-up call.
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there's a stunning exhibit at the national geographic society now. stunning for its photos of rare animals on the brink of extinction. and stunning from a message, it
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sends about what we're doing to our planet. here's wendy rieger. >> reporter: the mexican gray wolf of the southwestern united states, the beautiful ocot once vibrant in northern america earn the saltcreek tiger beetle. photographer spent two years photographing the endangered and nearly extinct creatures of north america, and his work now hangs in the windows of the national geographic society on 17th street downtown. some, like the dusky seaside sparrow are already gone. the last one died in 1887. it's glassy eyes stair out from a jar. it's florida habitat destroyed by mosquito control and the space program. under each species there's a copper panel. telli us w many are left. some of the numbers appear to be large. the carner blue butterfly has 40,000 left. but that's relate.
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>> sometimes if it's less than 50,000, it's in trouble. because it shows us that thgs are happening to our environment, to our climate, to our ecosystem that's seriously impacts the world. >> reporter: some numbers so low that they're on the verge of extinction. the living dea as some conservationists call them. and too often there is a zero or a question mark. losing one species can have a detrental effect on other species because they're all connected. >> that flower population goes away, that butterfly's going to go away, and we need to be concerned about all of those nnections. >> reporter: the signs explain, human development, habittal degregation, hunng, oil pipelines all contribute to the loss of this plant, this animal, this insect. the photographs look out from the national geographic so that you can see them as u pass by. lit at night, they become especially beautiful and wanting. species can become extinct over time every miion years or so.
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the conservationists worry that the extinction rate is now coming 1,000 times faster in the past century. this is the colombian basin pig me rabbit of washington state. this was the last one on earth. it has since died. add another zero to the list. >> a lot to think about there. that's all it for "news4 this week" this week. i'm jim handly. thanks for joining us and have a great weekend, everybody.
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